Agri-boom amid gloom: Production, gross sales of fertilisers soar together with space below Kharif crops


Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 22

Fertilizer gross sales have seen an outstanding surge this season regardless of the financial misery attributable to COVID-19 pandemic—a growth that comes at a time when the world below cultivation for Kharif crops has grown by 22 per cent this season as in comparison with final yr.

Latest knowledge from the Department of Chemicals and Fertilisers exhibits document excessive manufacturing in addition to gross sales of fertilizers—some properly over 100 per cent as in comparison with 2019 Kharif season.

The manufacturing of urea enhance to 244.55 LMT as in comparison with 240 LMT throughout 2018-19 whereas its gross sales or consumption reached 336.97 LMT as in comparison with 320.20 LMT of the earlier yr (2018-19), the ministry mentioned.

According to Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, regardless of the pandemic, manufacturing and motion of fertilisers stay comfy throughout the nation.

During April to June, the principle months of the lockdown, fertilisers manufacturing touched 101.15 LMT— 2.79 per cent greater than the corresponding interval final yr. The manufacturing of urea touched 60.38 LMT, 8.40 per cent greater than the corresponding interval final yr, as per the ministry.

Compared to 2018-19, gross sales or consumption of urea in 2019-2020 elevated by 5.29 per cent, DAP by 15.67 per cent, MOP by 3.45 per cent and NPKS by 9.95 per cent. In truth, gross sales or consumption of various fertilisers elevated considerably throughout Kharif 2020 as in comparison with Kharif 2019. Sale or consumption of urea noticed a rise of 63.07 per cent, DAP 108.72 per cent, MOP 62.78 per cent and NPKS of 124.71 per cent.

Backed by good rains and storage in reservoirs, sowing space within the ongoing Kharif season has elevated considerably as in comparison with final yr. According to the July-17 knowledge launched by the Agriculture Ministry, the sown space is 691.86 lakh ha in comparison with 570.86 lakh ha space throughout the corresponding interval, final yr.

The most enhance of 40.75 per cent was seen in oilseeds and 32.35 per cent in pulses.

 



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